Friends of Haskell, a group formed to boost relations between Haskell Indian Junior College and the Lawrence community, elected officers and formed an executive committee Thursday night.
Clenece Hills, a ninth-grade teacher at South Junior High School, was elected president of the group.
Other officers elected Thursday were: Larry McElwain, vice president; Toni Dudley, secretary-treasurer, and two at-large members of the executive committee, Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells and Marie Meyen, who has been active in Haskell affairs.
Hills said the next general meeting for the organization has tentatively been set for April 26, to coincide with the opening of Haskell's new welcome center.
Hills said Thursday night's meeting was mostly organizational.
"The real purpose of the meeting was to give us enough of a structure to begin developing plans for the future," Hills said.
Currently, there are more than 70 paid memberships in Friends of Haskell, she said, and one of the organization's goals will be to expand that membership.
"In the meantime, the executive committee is going to meet to develop a set of bylaws," Hills said. "We probably will also be able to develop some events for socializing."
The organization has established several goals, including setting up a host family program for Haskell students, tutoring programs, orientation programs to introduce new students to Lawrence, faculty support and helping Haskell establish a welcome center.